Category: Mindful Living

Why your md won't recommend a natural treatment

Why Your MD Won’t Recommend a Natural Treatment

This video is from The Truth About Cancer by Dr. Linda Isaacs

Ty: Dr. Isaacs, this is a loaded question but you feel free to answer it appropriately. Does modern medicine pay too much attention to drugs and not enough attention to natural types of treatments?

Dr. Linda Isaacs: Yes. That is the short answer. Yes, that is correct. And I think a lot of that is how is research funded. And much of research is funded by the pharmaceutical industry. They, for better or worse, are—their goal is to make money for their stockholders. Their goal is to develop drugs that can be patented, that can be sold to treat illness. They are funding the research and not unexpectedly then the medical world is looking for research to know how to treat patients and what is available is drugs.

One of the problems I think that doctors feel is that if they—even if they prescribe some sort of nutritional approach or nutritional modification, that the patient isn’t going to follow through on it. You think about it, what’s easier? To talk to a patient about the dietary influences on cholesterol, for example, or the benefit of exercise? They feel like the patient probably isn’t going to do it. It’s much easier to write a prescription for a pill.

Many times when a patient comes in complaining about some issue or problem the doctor feels like what is wanted is a prescription. In many cases they’re correct. So I think that if you want to get nutritional input or guidance from a physician you either have to ask for it very bluntly or go to a doctor who is oriented that way in the first place.

Many doctors’ own diets are not that impressive. So that is another consideration. It’s hard if you’re a doctor working 80-hour weeks, eating on the run, mostly eating junk. They’re not going to talk about nutrition too much because they know they’re not doing it themselves. And they would rather not think about it. So they just keep writing prescriptions.

Ty: I appreciate your candor in that answer. One of the things that is interesting to me is that you are a medical doctor. I have heard from other medical doctors that I am good friends with, that going through medical school [they] did not really receive much training in nutrition. It was more of a drug-based program that you went through in college. Talk about your own medical school. Did you receive much nutritional training through medical school?

Dr. Linda Isaacs: We did not receive much nutritional training in medical school. And I think part of it is that much of the training that you get in medical school is really crisis intervention. It’s not really about dealing with people that are well and how to keep them well. It’s really about dealing with people that are in a crisis either because of trauma or because of some disease process that’s well on its way, quite advanced.

And so nutrition really is not discussed because pharmaceuticals is what helps you deal with somebody who has got pneumonia or somebody who is in heart failure and has fluid up to their eyeballs so to speak. Pharmaceuticals is what’s going to help turn that situation around fast. But what, as a patient, one wants is help in staying healthy as long as possible. But that’s not really what doctors are trained in.

Ty: I’m glad you made the distinction lest anything think that I am being down on medical doctors. I think that the state of trauma medicine in the United States today is second to none. I have often used the analogy, if I’m shot with a shotgun blast to the chest I’m not going to go rub aloe vera juice on it or something natural. I’m going to go to the hospital and the emergency room doctors are going to have the best knowledge of anybody to save me. If I have a limb amputated they may be able to reattach it and still function. So I think that our state of medicine concerning trauma is just amazing today.

Dr. Linda Isaacs: Yes.

Ty: So lest anybody think I am being overly critical, just asking the questions here.

Dr. Linda Isaacs: Right

Orca at Seaworld, stop Hulu ads

Orca’s don’t belong in swimming pools or in Hulu ads

As we begin to wakeup we realize that animals, like Orcas, do not deserve to be in captivity for their lifetimes and our amusement. Attendance at animals shows are declining because people are choosing not to spend their money on watching animals do ‘tricks’. Please help and sign this petition. You have the power to create change!

From: Care2.comOrca at Seaworld, stop Hulu ads

Ever since Blackfish aired on CNN, the tide has begun to turn on keeping marine mammals in captivity. More and more people are realizing that it’s cruel to force orcas to live out their lives in cramped swimming pools for our amusement. That’s why my daughter called me when she saw a SeaWorld ad on Hulu. So I started a Care2 petition urging Hulu to drop SeaWorld as a partner. Would you sign it right now?

Despite the increasing public support for ending orca captivity, SeaWorld isn’t giving up their animals without a fight. I’m sure they hope the negative public attention will go away if they just ride it out, and stop using orcas in their ads. We need to show them that we haven’t forgotten, and are committed to helping save their killer whales from a life in a prison they do not deserve.

My family cares passionately about animals and our environment, which is why I wanted to support my daughter’s concern for SeaWorld’s captive killer whales. Ads are a critical piece of SeaWorld’s survival, so let’s put the pressure on Hulu. We pay for their premium service, and think they need to pick their corporate partners more carefully.

Thank you for taking action:

Christina M
Boston, MA
Care2 Member



The Guardian is divesting from fossil fuels

divest from has played a huge part in large foundations and universities around the world deciding that investing in oil is contradictory to creating a healthy planet and people. The Guardian pulls out a huge amount of money from the fossil fuel industry. Stanford has divested and now we need the Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust with the billions to stop investing in fossil fuel.

It does not serve the planet to say that you are devoted to health and invest in fossil fuels. Please help, call on the Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust to divest, your one voice added to thousands makes the difference. Read more